Team GOODE skiers will be looking to continue a recent string of strong Mailibu Open finishes when the 2015 Malibu Open Festival returns to Milwaukee this weekend.
The biggest streak on the line will be Regina’s three straight Malibu titles. Past winner Thomas Degasperi will be looking to regain the title after landing on the podium at last year’s event, while Daniel Odvarko will seek to keep his personal hot streak going after winning last weekend’s European Championships. Dane Mechler, who won last year’s Malibu Open Under 21 Men’s slalom title, will be stepping up to take on the Open Men’s field.
Additional Team GOODE skiers expected to compete in the Open divisions include Carlo Allais, Trent Finlayson, Lauren Morgan, Martin Bartalsky, and Benjamin Stadlbaur. World No. 1 Chris Parrish will miss the competition with a shoulder injury.
Zach Montavon, Quinn Haines and Ruth McCreary will compete in Junior slalom, while Brando Caruso will ski in Under 21 Men’s slalom.
For more event details, including schedule, click here. The event will be broadcast online Friday and Saturday here, beginning Friday morning at 7:30 CDT.
Twenty-one GOODE skiers were crowned National champions at last week’s 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships held in West Palm Beach, Fla., claiming 68 percent of the 31 slalom titles. More than twice as many national slalom titles were won on GOODE than on all other ski manufacturers combined.
“It was just amazing as the week unfolded and we kept seeing more and more people on our skis top the podium,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “We take a lot of pride in building skis that help people perform at their very best when it matters most, so it’s very rewarding to play a role in so many people winning national titles.”
Some of the many highlights of the week included:
An unprecedented GOODE sweep of the Master Men’s slalom podium (see video above)
In his very last tournament in the division, Griffin Stange breaking a Boys 2 national slalom record that had stood for eight years
Regina Jaquess winning her third-consecutive Open Womens slalom title (see video in next story)
Bill Mahan scoring a Nationals tournament-record 1 buoy at 39 off to win Mens 7
Ted McColley winning his first national title at his 26th-consecutive Nationals
Brooke Baldwin taking home the Girls 3 title in her first year in the division, and
Don Aschenbrenner winning Mens 4 for the third-consecutive year.
Congratulations to the following skiers who won National slalom titles on GOODEs:
Boys 2 Griffin Stange
Boys 3 Zach Montavon
Girls 1 Alana Jones
Girls 3 Brooke Baldwin
Mens 1 Michael Bullock
Mens 3 Darin Montgomery
Mens 4 Don Aschenbrenner
Mens 6 Ted McColley
Mens 7 Bill Mahan
Mens 8 John Autore
Mens 9 Jerry Hosner
Mens 11 Harry Price
Master Mens Greg Badal
Open Womens Regina Jaquess
Womens 1 Eloise Whitlock
Womens 3 Brandy Nagle
Womens 4 Lori Krueger
Womens 5 Carol Brooks
Womens 8 Margaret Carlisle
Womens 9 Maria Walsh
Womens 11 Artis Price
It’s difficult to track hundreds of skiers across multiple lakes over the course of five days of action, so if we failed to include you in the list above, or mistakenly did so, please accept our apologies and email us the details at email@example.com.
GOODE Skis kicked off the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships today in West Palm Beach, Fla., by releasing the latest ski in its high-performance lineup: the Nano 1FT™.
The Nano 1FT takes water skiing’s most buzzed about technological advancement in years – the patent-pending endoskeleton, carbon-fiber backbone and through cut support ribs featured in this year’s hit FlexTail™ – and combines it with the world-record breaking performance of the Nano One™ shape.
“The new lateral flex technology featured on the FlexTail turned out so well that we began looking for another shape in our lineup to utilize it on,” says Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “Some shapes are more conducive to certain skiing styles, so we wanted to make sure that we give our customers a chance to find the best ski for them.
“The Nano One shape was the obvious choice. From day one that ski and its successor, the Nano OneXT, have been phenomenal skis. They’ve set numerous world records and countless personal bests. But now with the new lateral flexing tail technology, that great shape is going to be even better.”
To learn more about the Nano 1FT or FlexTail, visit the GOODE booth during the GOODE Nationals, or visit store.goode.com.
Characteristics of the Nano 1FT and FlexTail
A more “connected feeling” with the water
Tighter, pivot-type turn
In general, preferred by skiers who are on the lighter side of each ski length’s weight range
Regina Jaquess, the 2013 Bracket Challenge champion and No. 3 seed on the 34 mph side of the bracket, was eliminated by Ben Favret, with a first round score 1 buoy at 41 off to Ben’s 2-1/2 buoys at 41. Regina’s score was no doubt hampered by tough conditions at her only two tournaments of the month: the Malibu Cup and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The Malibu Cup featured challenging weather conditions that ultimately forced the cancellation of the final round, while the Pan Ams were conducted in fairly rough conditions on a temporary tournament site located on Lake Ontario.
In the second upset of the first round, the No. 7 seed Greg Badal topped No. 2 seed and 2014 final four skier Jay Leach, 3 buoys at 41 off to 1-1/2 at 41.
Chris Parrish, Thomas Degasperi, Daniel Odvarko and Carlo Allais all advanced on the 36 mph side, while Jeremy Newby-Ricci and Dave Miller join Greg and Ben in the second round on the 34 mph side. The second round will be comprised of all scores in August, including the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships and Malibu Open.
In the online fan contest, only six of the 342 brackets submitted remain perfect. Interestingly, all six perfect brackets pick Chris Parrish to win, so if he happens to fall short there will likely be a major shakeup in the standings.
The fourth and final 2015 qualifier of the Big Dawg World Tour ended as the first one did: with a GOODE skier atop the podium (see video above).
Greg Badal put up a huge score of 3 buoys at 41 off in the finals to edge fellow GOODE skier Dave Miller to win the Broho Big Dawg last weekend in Graham, Wash. Greg joins Chad Scott (Acapulco) as the other GOODE skier with a win on this year’s tour.
GOODE skiers Todd Johnson, Kyle Tate, Greg Sund, Steve Allen and Marc Shaw joined Badal and Miller in the Sweet 16. Full results here.
The Big Dawg Finals will be held in October in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships.
In addition to many of the world’s best 34 mph skiers, the 2015 Bracket Challenge features a who’s who of 36 mph skiers as well. Now names like Parrish, Degasperi and Finlayson have joined the likes of Jaquess, Miller and Newby-Ricci.
Once again fans will be able to test their skiing knowledge and enter their own March-Madness like brackets. The fan with the best bracket will win a FREE GOODE FlexTail, while other top finishers will receive GOODE prize packages. But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Fill out and submit your bracket here before the July 23rd entry deadline.
The overall bracket will have two halves – one for 36 and the other for 34 mph skiers – with a winner from each bracket facing off against each other for the Bracket Challenge title. In the final round, speed is not taken into consideration to determine the bracket winner. The rope length and number of buoys is the sole determinant of the winner. For example, if Regina Jaquess scored 3 buoys at 41 off (at 34 mph), she would beat Trent Finlayson’s score of 2 buoys at 41 off (36 mph).
To fill out and submit a bracket, or for more information, including rules, click here.
Dane Mechler won the biggest title of his promising career as GOODE skiers took three of six slalom medals at the 7th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, held last weekend at the Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain.
Dane, representing the U.S., scored 2 buoys at 41 off to earn the win, while his fellow GOODE skier Brando Caruso earned the bronze medal for Italy with 4 buoys at 39. The Dominican Republic’s Robert Pigozzi (4.5 at 39) finished second.
In Women’s slalom GOODE skiers and German sisters Chiara and Giannina Bonnemann finished third and fourth, respectively. Canada’s Taryn Grant and Samantha Dumala of the U.S. finished first and second.
Giannina also won the Women’s overall gold medal.
In the team competition, the U.S. won gold, while Belarus, France, Great Britain and Italy rounded out the top five.
GOODE skiers Regina Jaquess, Erika Lang and Adam Pickos will represent the United States at this year’s Water Ski World Championships.
The three skiers were selected to the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team – along with teammates Scot Ellis, Alex Lauretano and Nate Smith – based on the results of this weekend’s U. S. Team Trials held at Shortline Lakes in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
GOODE skiers Brooke Baldwin, Nick Lang, Lauren Morgan, and Chris Parrish were selected as alternates, as was Taylor Garcia.
For more information on the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team and the team trials results, click here. The 34th Water Ski World Championships will take place November 17-22, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Mexico.
The XT was a very successful ski. How is the FlexTail different?
Dave Goode: The XT marked the end of an era of exoskeleton-designed skis. Over the years, we refined and pushed that traditional construction method as far as it could go. The FlexTail, with its endoskeleton design, marks the beginning of a whole new design direction.
How do the backbone and ribs work together?
Dave: In order to get the FlexTail to flex laterally, we needed to narrow the width of the ski. But because we still need to support the skier’s weight, we needed to keep the surface area about the same. So we devised a load carrying backbone that can flex laterally along with ribs, which provide the needed surface area.
Does the tail really flex?
Dave: Absolutely. We spent a lot of the R&D process finding the right width to make the slots in the tail. It was very apparent when the slots were too big, creating too much flex, and when they weren’t big enough you really saw performance results decrease. The tail flexes and you can really feel it.
At the end of the day, how does this new technology help people ski better?
Dave: There are two main benefits of the FlexTail over the XT and other skis designed with exoskeletons. First, because the FlexTail can flex laterally, it is more efficient from the buoy line to the first wake. Skiers are able to run an earlier line. Secondly, the FlexTail comes through the turn lighter. When you ski lighter, you don’t provoke the high horse-powered boats equipped with ZeroOff, resulting in better skiing and more buoys.
What have been some of the early results on the ski?
Dave: I think the most visible results have been from Chris Parrish. He had a good year last year, enough to put him on top of the IWWF world rankings list, but since he’s gotten on the FlexTail he is putting up monster scores. He’s already seen 43 off as many times this early in the season as he did all of 2014. It’s sport, so you can never say anything for sure, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t get to three ball this season.
We’ve heard about a lot of other successes too. Mike Morgan got 2-1/4 buoys at 41 off (36mph) just the other day. That’s his best score since 1992. 1992! The day after getting on the FlexTail Lonnie Harris got his best tournament score in three years. Martin Bartalsky unboxed a ski in the middle of a tournament and tied his all-time PB his second set.
These are the types of stories that have us feeling pretty good about the ski.